4 big wins for Carolina Panthers GM Scott Fitterer so far
By Dean Jones
Getting a Curtis Samuel replacement quickly
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Curtis Samuel was going to leave the Carolina Panthers this offseason. The wide receiver put himself in a good spot to earn some big money elsewhere with a fantastic contribution in 2020 and this was enough for former head coach Ron Rivera to sign the former Ohio State standout to a three-year, $34.5 million deal with a $12 million signing bonus and $23 million guaranteed to join the Washington Football Team.
No sooner had Samuel’s departure been officially confirmed, the Panthers announced the arrival of David Moore, who comes with some similar traits and enjoyed a fantastic spell with the Seattle Seahawks that leaves plenty of reasons to be encouraged.
Despite playing third fiddle to D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Moore managed to come up with some notable highlights that seem to fit in very well with the scheme being run by Joe Brady. The wideout can operate on the outside, in the slot, or even out of the backfield when required, which is the perfect replacement for Samuel at a fraction of the cost.
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This was a shrewd move from Scott Fitterer, who knew all about what Moore brings to the table from their time together in Seattle. Bringing the East Central Oklahoma product on board so early is sure to smooth his transition and adding him to a wide receiver room that also consists of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson has an incredible amount of potential.